The relationship between ‘us’ and ‘them’ is complex. Can a friendship truly exist? And it’s in their eyes, that we see, how much have we succeeded in finding a middle ground.
Elephants might be mistaken for being gentle giants, however, in the wild, it’s best to avoid them. Steer clear from their path. A loud trumpeting roar is enough to stop you dead in your tracks. And it will be sounded a good kilometre ahead of the time – you actually reach them. In a sharp contrast, this trained elephant didn’t sound a warning. Although, the elephant knows we’re looking at him, he looks away. And yet, it’s evident he knows we’re looking.
Along the banks of the Lake Tjörnin, dozens of birds fly in for a free lunch. Most of them aren’t afraid of humans. Most humans enjoy feeding them. And yet, if one looks closely, there is a sense of hesitancy. A slight hint of distrust. The same look of looking somewhere else, whilst knowing you’re looking at them.
And then, there are the big cats. They’re not afraid. Or at least that’s what they want us to believe. In captivity or not. Don’t look at them. Look away. There’s just a fence between you and them.
The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero